Anything and everything went into the chute and, in our case, then fell 19 floors to the huge bin at the bottom which got wheeled to the curb for daily pick up. In our condo we had recycling bins too for glass, paper and cans and as at home we sorted things upstairs and carried the contents down to the ground floor every week.
The perception of Singapore is that it is (like New Zealand) a clean place. This is partly true it is clean but only because there are so many people doing the cleaning. Every day in the papers there are articles and letters about the litter crimes of its citizens. Regular items jetisoned out the window are used cotton buds, tufts of hair, used sanitary pads and nappys, wads of tissue, cigarette butts, fruit peel, egg shells and plastic.
(from the Straits Times Jan 2008)
This is what Singapore can look like in the early hours before the army of foreign workers employed to clean up after it's citizens begin work.
Singapore has just begun to use recycling bins. It is taking a while for some people to catch on!!
Phnom Penh isnt as dirty as you may think. These are rubbish barrows waiting for the rubbish truck.
Household rubbish waiting to be collected in a tidy pile. Sometimes the piles get out of hand or the dogs get to them first but they are trying.
This couple are Phnom Penhs version of Singapores karung guni man. They can sell their collection to various depots on the road leading to the dump (more about Phnom Penhs infamous dump in another post).
Entire families can often be seen collecting the recyclables. This young lad was on his own on Sunday.
So was this even younger jaunty wee lad. He had a real bounce to his step even in the midday sun.
This street sweeper is going to walk right past the pile of rubbish near the 'pond'. Maybe he thinks his bin's too small?